TWU Railroad Members (JCC) Ratify 5-Year Agreement on Amtrak

May 27 2010 - TWU Railroad Division (JCC) members have ratified a new 5-year agreement with Amtrak. The agreement covers wages, health care benefits and rules.

The total vote of the Joint Council of Carmen, Coach Cleaners, and Helpers (JCC) was 493 in favor, and 431 opposed. The JCC is comprised of TWU Railroad Division members and TCU Carmen members.

Members will receive their first wage increase, 1.5%, on July 1, 2010. Over the term of the agreement members will receive 15% in wage increases. The agreement also puts caps on future health care contributions and freezes copays and deductibles.

Once again, Railroad Division Director Gary Maslanka stated that it was an excellent agreement:

"Unlike in past agreements, our members are not going to have to wait for years for their wage increases. Under this agreement, they receive solid wage increases now."

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TCU-represented carmen, clerks ratify Amtrak agreement

Amtrak carmen and clerical workers represented by the Transportation Communications Union (TCU) recently ratified a new five-year agreement. Carmen voted 493-431 and clerks voted 983-407 in favor of the contract.

The agreement calls for a 15 percent general wage increase, beginning with a 1.5 percent raise on July 1. The contract also caps future health-care contributions, and freezes co-pays and deductibles.

“Unlike past rounds on Amtrak, which were marked by bitter, protracted bargaining, we are happy that our carmen and clerical members will begin receiving wage increases immediately,” said TCU International President Robert Scardelletti in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, Amtrak workers who are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) must submit their ratification ballots by June 18.

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